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It’s Bi Health Month

News from across the Pond: In the USA, the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) celebrate Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) for the fourth consecutive year with the launch of a social media campaign beginning March 1st, 2017. BHAM aims to raise awareness of health disparities within the bisexual+ community and promote resources and action; this year, the campaign focuses on social […]

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London consults on LGBT mental health

The London Assembly Health Committee is investigating mental health and inequalities in a series of meetings, focusing on different marginalised groups, including LGBT people. Given research showing how bisexual people experience greater mental health challenges and more problems accessing support than gay and lesbian people, we hope there will be ample bi input to the review. The Committee note that: […]

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Lords can’t say the “B” on HIV

Last night at 7.23pm the House of Lords held a short debate around HIV and access to PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, the drug treatment currently considered one of the effective ways of minimising transmission and infection. It was a good debate but notable for only ever talking about “gay men” – bisexuals were pretty thoroughly erased. Lord Black of Brentwood opened […]

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Syphilis on the rise in London

You’re three times more likely to have syphilis if you live in London as in the rest of the country – and rates of infection are especially high among bi and gay men. New figures from Public Health England show that in 2015, nearly 3,000 cases were diagnosed in the capital, accounting for 56% of all cases in England (5,042). […]

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New HPV programme causes controversy

Parliament

The government today announced a trial rollout of HPV vaccination for men who have sex with men in England. The programme is intended to immunise 40,000 people, to be followed by a review of its impact. Health Minister Jane Ellison commented, “Through this pilot, the HPV vaccine will be offered during existing appointments at selected GUM and HIV clinics in […]

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PM promises action on PrEP and more

David Cameron yesterday promised to push the health services to enable access to HIV prevention regime PrEP as quickly as possible. He also repeated his party’s manifesto pledge to pardon all the bisexual, gay and other men with convictions for consensual sex dating back to the time before decriminalisation. The remarks were made at the near-annual 10 Downing Street LGBT […]

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Bi men, self-harm and depression

Yet another research study has linked bisexuality in men to higher rates of depression and self-harm. The report in the Journal of Public Health looked at 5,799 men’s experiences in the UK, in the 2011 Stonewall Gay & Bisexual Men’s Health Survey. Research subjects were all attracted to men – most were only attracted to men but around one in […]

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Blood ban: Ireland next?

The Republic of Ireland may be about to follow Great Britain and other countries by relaxing their life ban on blood donation for bisexual and gay men. The Irish Independent newspaper reports that a decision will be made by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar following a national conference at the end of this week. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board […]

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